Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux 2012 Red

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Hardly 30% of the harvest goes into the Pavillon Rouge: the more rigorous selection, strengthened since 2011, is gradually contributing to bringing the Pavillon Rouge closer, in style at least, to the first wine. Can we still call it a second wine? Do we remember that, thirty years ago, the totality of this batch would have become Château Margaux? The Pavillon Rouge at that time is what today is becoming the third and fourth wines… The Pavillon Rouge 2012 is a very powerful wine. 


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TypeRed Wine
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
Vintage2012
Capacity75cl
AVB13º

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Hardly 30% of the harvest goes into the Pavillon Rouge: the more rigorous selection, strengthened since 2011, is gradually contributing to bringing the Pavillon Rouge closer, in style at least, to the first wine. Can we still call it a second wine? Do we remember that, thirty years ago, the totality of this batch would have become Château Margaux? The Pavillon Rouge at that time is what today is becoming the third and fourth wines… Some Merlot plots are improving at last, yet not enough to go into the first wine. Their quality has nevertheless enabled us to put 33% into this year’s blend. The increasingly precise plot selection that we carry out as well as the vintage conditions explain this good news to a great extent. This isn’t the case with the Petit Verdots. Their young plots, which had succeeded well last year, didn’t cope with the summer drought: there is barely 3% of it in the blend. The Cabernets - 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc - unsurprisingly make up the framework of the wine. The Pavillon Rouge 2012 is a very powerful wine – we almost find the historic levels of tannic concentration of the 2011- yet very balanced, delicate and refined. While it has not achieved the level of quality of the 2010, it’s not far off, and it’s clearly above that of the 2011.

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